May 07, 2010

Couple Parks on TPC Sawgrass 8th Green: A Jacksonville, Florida, couple parked their Pontiac G6 Coupe Thursday night on the eighth green of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, the site of this week's Players Championship.

posted by rcade to golf at 05:45 PM - 13 comments

You know where I stand -- taser them!

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:04 PM on May 07

Golf fan tazered

posted by tommytrump at 08:02 PM on May 07

Golf fan tazered

*golf clap*

posted by mjkredliner at 08:11 PM on May 07

A 36-year-old man attending the second round of The Players Championship was subdued by a Taser on Friday.

Travis Parmelee, of Jacksonville, was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, said St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dave Messenger.

Messenger said course marshals notified officers that Parmelee was yelling at players and being belligerent near the 11th hole.

But he was tasered, nonetheless.


I guess panel #5 wasn't so "paranoid", eh?

posted by grum@work at 09:43 PM on May 07

The link says he pulled away from officers and that's when they Tasered him.

posted by rcade at 10:04 PM on May 07

Young couple parking on a golf course?

Man, I remember getting to third base on a golf course back in high school.

Unfortunately, it was during a pick-up baseball game. Damn.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:05 PM on May 07

I guess panel #5 wasn't so "paranoid", eh?

No, it still is.

I'm hoping that cartoonist ends up in a situation where he badly needs an officer and the cop says, "Aren't you the asshole who drew that cartoon about the police being taser-happy idiots?"

And then he'll do what most every cop would do -- help the asshole.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:10 PM on May 07

The link says he pulled away from officers and that's when they Tasered him.

How did cops ever control those they arrested before tasers? It must have been madness!

The link says he was pulling away, but it didn't say he had escaped, or was running. He wasn't violent (hence the charge using the "without violence" language), so why was he tasered? I thought they were for when a person might pose a "physical threat" to someone (like running around in an empty outfield).

posted by grum@work at 01:40 AM on May 08

Florida cops are apparently using resisting arrest without violence when people argue with them or question their actions. One lawyer calls it the "most abused statute in Florida."

If this guy was a belligerent drunk, I could see how some situations might arise where a Taser would be needed. But as you said, the charge indicates that no violence was involved. The amount of Taser abuse in this country is ridiculous. It has become an officer's shut-the-hell-up magic wand.

posted by rcade at 07:25 AM on May 08

It would have been more impressive if they'd parked on the 17th green.

posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:57 PM on May 08

Just got back from The Player's. Followed Woods around until I could take no more bad golf and massive galleries, and then followed Mickelson.

Mickelson did something cool on the 15th right by me. A dad was pushing his handicapped son around in one of those huge, heavy wheelchairs. He parked it on the edge of the rope along the fairway, and Mickelson walked up, told the kid "I need some luck here" and exchanged a fist bump with him. The kid was amazed.

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on May 08

Too bad they didn't burn some donuts on their precious golf course...THAT would have been worth reading about.

posted by StarFucker at 01:48 AM on May 12

Mickelson would never let anyone burn a donut.

posted by yerfatma at 09:20 AM on May 12

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